As a parent, having the time to watch anything that isn’t kid-centric can represent somewhat of a challenge. Once the nippers have been put to bed and dinner has been consumed, there‘s scarcely time for an episode or two before sleep beckons, or at least before your other half calls it a night. But what about us film-loving dads who are eager to watch something but are less than keen about potentially having to stay up until the midnight hour? Here are five Netflix movies under 90 minutes currently streaming in the UK.

The Overnight

Putting the winning into swinging, this raucous indie comedy rarely misses the mark when it comes to relationships struggles and the trials of early parenthood. There’s so much truth to the opening scene, where couple Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) are desperately trying to make the most of their precious alone time, it’s deeply painful viewing. Bonding with an eccentric family whilst their kids play in the park, the duo are invited over for a dinner date where hilarity does indeed ensue. The film’s humour feels very organic and unforced, whilst many scenes have a loose and unscripted vibe, proving once more that you can do a great adult comedy with the right actors and a simple premise.

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Coherence

Netflix movies under 90 minutes

Like the fascinating, if perplexing, Primer, Coherence is a brilliantly-constructed lo-fi Twilight Zone-esque yarn. A group of friends are enjoying a dinner catch up as a nearby comet passes over the neighbourhood. Soon after this event, a power cut occurs, and some of the guests venture out to see who else on the street has been impacted. From there the evening takes an altogether bizarre, WTF turn. Light on budget but heavy on ideas, Coherence has the type of ingenious twisty narrative which will have you immediately attempting to piece together everything you’ve just witnessed. Or alternately, will make you throws your hands up in sheer confusion and call it a night.

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Red Army

Netflix movies under 90 minutes

While the portrayal of sport and politics during the Cold War in a film like Rocky IV is of a more simplistic and unambiguous nature, this immensely enjoyable documentary zeroes in on that same period of history to tell the real story. It follows the titular, military-sanctioned Russian hockey team (once used as Joseph Stalin’s propaganda tool) and the turmoil which sprung from Soviet players defecting to North America for the Canadian National Hockey League. We see lives changed forever and the dissolution of long-term relationships between players in this Werner Herzog-produced tale. The film’s overarching themes of patriotism and friendship are ultimately bigger than the games being played out by those colourful characters on the ice.

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Blue Jay

Netflix movies under 90 minutes

Like a stripped-down version of Richard Linklater ‘Before’ trilogy played in reverse, Blue Jay is a warm, heartfelt and immediate romantic drama featuring two stellar performances from Mark Duplass and American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson. They play former high school sweethearts who are reunited out of the blue and spend the next day or so reminiscing about their past, which also had its fair share of bumps amongst the passion and longing. It’s a film which may possibly get you all misty-eyed as you hark back to your own teen escapades in love. Luckily, you’ll probably be sitting alone at the time so your other half can’t see the soft arse you’ve become – not that she needs to see you weeping at a film to make that conclusion.

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Creep

Netflix movies under 90 minutes

Duplass again here in this surprisingly effective and unsettling found footage chiller. Aaron, a videographer (portrayed by the film’s director Patrick Brice) answers a mysterious jobs board advert to film the last days of a dying man who is wanting to record some sagely life advice for his unborn son. Upon meeting his client in a remote mountain lodge (no alarms bells ringing there, Aaron?) he soon finds out that things aren’t what they seem. Enlivened by a subtly unhinged turn by Duplass, Creep is way better than any film in that tired genre deserves to be. It’s one which will have you checking all the rooms that night before you lay your head down to sleep.

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